With housing market continuing to sink, most people are coming to grips with the reality that America’s “good old days” of consumer-driven debt consumption funded by rising home values aren’t coming back.
And with most manufacturing, energy production, and other job-creating opportunities smothered under an ocean of regulations, the private sector simply cannot reinvent itself with the creation of new industries or products.
So get ready, millions of Americans will probably end up working instead for Uncle Sam – not just by digging holes and filling them in, but also through grand construction projects that will be the modern-day equivalent of constructing pyramids for the ruling elite.
Should Workers Need Permission
from Union Bosses to Get a Job?
As state-level finances continue to deteriorate around the country, the White House is pushing yet another “jobs bill” that will spawn a number of construction projects and other make-work programs to “create jobs.”
While this legislation is dead on arrival up on Capitol Hill, some version is likely to eventually pass – especially as it becomes clear that the private sector can’t and won’t hire millions of workers anytime soon. At some point, Democrats will elicit GOP support for launching new infrastructure projects.
Which means that if most ordinary Americans want a chance at getting one of these politically created jobs, they had better be unionized. Because it’s Big Labor that construction projects funded by the central government primarily benefit (except where the bidding firm is owned by a woman, disabled veteran, or favored minority).
Big Labor vs. the Unemployed: Get Ready for Fireworks
Enter the problem of union violence and intimidation being added to the causes of rising social chaos. Earlier this month, union militants in Washington State reacted violently when a Port of Longview company hired workers who simply belonged to another union.
Five hundred union hotheads forced their way into the Port of Washington. The six security guards on duty were no match for the sheer number of union “protesters.” Before the raid was over, the union agitators broke windows, spilled grain supplies due to be shipped, and cut train brake lines to endanger the lives of rail workers and the public at large.
Rising Discontent Encourages
Union Thugs to Attack Enemies
Union bosses make up a powerful lobbying group, feel a tremendous sense of entitlement, and tend to react angrily when they don’t get to call the shots. And they have a virtual army of union activists who will do the union bosses’ bidding of taking to the streets. Get them stoked with beer and angry talk, and violence will often result.
We’re already starting to see events that foreshadow the coming societal and economic breakdown. The violent union protest in Longview, Washington is just one example.
Today, I’m going to tell you why you need to take notice of union militancy and how it can hit you right in the pocketbook.
Are We Headed for a Big Labor Showdown?
When the social order starts to collapse, you can bet the big unions in this country – especially the government unions – won’t sit idly by. Union bosses will stir the pot to try to make things come out in their favor. I’ve already mentioned the recent Longshoremen Union mayhem in Washington State, but there’s more:
In many cities, close ties between organized labor and the political system are largely responsible for strapped budgets. The largest single factor is the bloated, defined-benefit pension plans that commit the taxpayers for decades to trillion-dollar obligations. Wasteful work rules, featherbedding, and pointless bureaucratic jobs that can never be cut are other factors.
As private-sector jobs become more scarce and local and state budgets get stretched thin, you can bet that union bosses will resist cuts in government with all they have.
You can count on more violent protests and other ugly intimidation as the economy gets worse. But that’s not all you need to be concerned about. You also need to keep a close eye on your wallet.
If the Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease…
It’s Time We Started Squeaking
You and I need to pay attention to the effects organized labor is having on the political system, the economy, and even on the social order. Of course, you’re a savvy, informed reader, so I know you already do pay attention. But, make sure you start following union disruptions in the news. If they are carrying signs and chanting slogans today, they could be wielding crowbars and storming buildings tomorrow.
Also watch how politicians treat the union bosses, watch for laws that union officials favor or oppose… and watch the extreme reactions when they don’t get their way.
Expect schools, hospitals, fire stations, and other public services increasingly to be held ransom to union-boss demands.
And start voting with your dollars. You might decide you don’t want to avoid doing business with unionized companies.
Also, start identifying products and services you use that could be at the mercy of union disruptions. Foodstuffs are a big one here. Union officials hold a lot of sway over shipping and trucking, and they could easily disrupt the flow of food supplies… at least temporarily. (Nationwide transportation strikes happen routinely in France, for example.) I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: If you don’t already have a 90-day supply of food on hand, now is the time to start stocking up.
Finally, let other people know what you think. When there’s controversy, it’s easy to clam up and keep your opinions to yourself. But, we owe it to the future of our economy and our society not to be silent.